Discover the history and the mystery of Saipan!
The Rota “Castaway” Tour
Rota is nicknamed “Nature’s Treasure Island.” As friendly as you will find people on Saipan and Tinian, you will be charmed by the welcoming smiles and warm hospitality of the local people. This quiet and peaceful island is the perfect paradise to escape the hubbub of city life.
With few inhabitants and a wealth of natural beauty, Rota will entrance all visitors. A wide variety of diving sites feature wall dives, underwater wrecks, and coral formations. For those who want to spend time on land, you can visit the Bird Sanctuary, and fascinating historic sites like the As Nieves Latte Stone Quarry, where you can see latte stones still ready to come out of the ground.
On the western side of the island, take a refreshing dip in the cool, clear water at Rota's famous Swimming Hole. Just north of the airport, discover how the ancient Chamorros carved giant latte stones out of the limestone rock at the As Nieves Latte Stone Quarry.
Further down the road, marvel at the thousands of seabirds that make their home at the Sagua'gaga Seabird Sanctuary. Check out the fascinating collection of artifacts at the Rota Cave Museum, located inside a giant limestone cavern. At the entrance to Songsong Village, stop by Pinatang Park, a seawater park with numerous channels out to the open sea. Once in the village visit the Tonga Cave, a huge natural cavern with dozens of stalagtites, stalagmites, tunnels, and mini caves.
Take some great photos at Tweksberry Park with its perfectly lined rows of coconut palms. Continue east along beautiful Sasanhaya Bay and get a great view of Mt. Tapingot (Wedding Cake Mt.) and two well-preserved Japanese cannons. [From the Marianas Visitors Authority website: www.mymarianas.com]